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Killing Binmaley tourism potential slowly By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE protest of homeowners and resort owners in Barangay Buenlag in Binmaley against the construction of a dike along the baywalk is meritorious. The DPWH cannot insist on constructing a dike fronting the resorts as the only option to protect the baywalk. Surely, there are other […]

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Fr. Soc’s vs. Bible’s “Anti Christs” By Ermin Garcia Jr. AFTER labeling Christians as “cowards and timid” in his Christmas message he titled as “Stand up for Newborn Jesus.,” (if they don’t stand up to the government’s “vulgarity” with him), Archbishop Socrates Villegas followed it up with another stinging rebuke of those who walk, talk, […]

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Fr. Soc’s Christmas rant By Ermin Garcia Jr. JUST when most expected to hear an inspirational message from mass celebrants on the occasion of Jesus Christ’s birthday on December 25, much like when Catriona Gray made Pinoys feel good about themselves with her inspirational reply to a question in her quest for the Miss Universe […]

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Reminiscing childhood Christmas at 70 By Ermin Garcia Jr. EVERY time I find myself just a week before Christmas day, I cannot but feel nostalgic about how Christmas was in my childhood (1-7) years.  After all, Christmas is the season of the year reserved exclusively for children’s enjoyment and celebration. It beats birthday celebrations of […]

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Wrong slogan for LI-FE By Ermin Garcia Jr. THERE is something that bothers me about the campaign slogan of the Lim-Fernandez tandem for the 2019 elections in Dagupan City -LIFE IS MAGIC! The coined phrase LIFE IS MAGIC sounds cutesy. But“Magic”? VM Brian’s family owns Magic Group of companies. Is VM Brian suggesting that governance […]

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Mayor Belen is mom to city’s children  By Ermin Garcia Jr. GREAT things are continuing to happen in Dagupan City. The city government finally earned the coveted Presidential Award forChild-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) this year after being cited as a national finalist and regional awardee for the past years! Take a bow, Mayor Belen […]

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Let’s have ‘tokhang’ back By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week, I posted a message on Facebook that I didn’t realize was a sentiment shared by thousands who either support the war on drugs or are simply concerned about the ongoing campaign. The post was shared more than 1Ik times. Permit me to share that […]

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Dagupan is ‘Tabon’ city By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF one were to believe that the rush to backfill (tabon) fishponds in Dagupan was the cause of the recent severe flooding in the city, one begins to wonder whether the severe and killer floods across the world were also caused by mindless tabon in those […]

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War on drugs not about arrests only By Ermin Garcia Jr   WE have received reports that a number of arrested notorious pushers in Dagupan and other towns were released by the courts due to failure of arresting police operatives to appear during trials. It seems nobody is making “disappearing” operatives accountable. I recall the […]

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No drug arrests is bad news By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF Mayor Belen Fernandez thinks she is given the report that her city’s war on drugs is well underway, she’s being fed the wrong info, if our anonymous sources are to be believed. There is one source who occasionally updates me, and gave me […]

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